Welcome to my month long celebration of being a published author. This week, it’s all about the oldest Dragon Knight and his lady. Angus MacKay was always a fierce, and at times, angry man. He became laird at a young age, trying to raise three younger brothers and a sister–each with their own unique powers. Control and focus were his daily mantras. But we all know (or those that have read his story) what happened when he tried to control everything and everyone, including his inner dragon.
Yet, for all his gruffness, Angus was a giving, kind, and true leader. His strength infused even me.
A bit of back story about Angus MacKay. When I first started the Order of the Dragon Knights, I wanted to write Angus’ story first. However, the man charged forth with his sword and told me in words I can’t repeat that his would nae be the first! I was shocked! It was then that Duncan strolled forward and said, “Ye will tell my story first.” Originally, I saw Angus as a drunk most of time. Spending his days up in the tower or slumped on the parapet at Urquhart Castle. But I was wrong. I spent many years trying to figure out this man, until one day he showed me. It was while I was writing Alastair’s story. I remember shouting, “I know where you are! You’re on a tourney in France!” He smiled and walked away.
Yes, my friends, the characters do actually behave within our minds as I described above. Some may call us crazy, but our characters are as real as flesh and blood inside the recesses of our minds.
Now I knew I had to give Angus a woman who could stand by his side. Powerful. A leader needs a strong woman, but I never dreamed Deirdre would be his equal. She stormed into the scene and never looked back. Yet, I knew her weakness. Her tough exterior was because of the traumatic event that happened to her at a young age. It set her on a path, where she didn’t like to see weakness in others. In addition, she challenged those she met to do better. She toughened her insecurities and often times, charged into a battle without thinking, and this got her into trouble several times. But I loved her! I definitely would want Deirdre by my side in any battle, or just as a girlfriend.
One last “behind the scenes” secret…when I was in the middle of my facebook party for Dragon Knight’s Axe last year, my editor was doing edits for Shield. All of sudden, she sends me a text, “Please tell me you didn’t just blind your hero?” Haha! My response, “Keep reading…” Gosh, I love it when I’ve “hooked” my editor. Success!
For a chance to win this tote bag, jeweled bookmark, postcard, and keychain, please share your favorite scene from Dragon Knight’s Shield. I’ll choose one random winner on Friday.
Next week, a new Dragon Knight enters the world of the MacKays!
Returning in July ~ Mary’s Tavern Recipes and my Monthly Blog Tour.